Statement from Scott Bacon

Labor
Member for Clark, Scott Bacon, today announced his decision to retire from
politics.

“This
has been a difficult decision that I have not made lightly,” Mr Bacon said.

“After
nearly 10 years in politics, I have decided that it is the right time to take
on a new challenge.

“I
want to thank the Labor Party and its members for the privilege of representing
them in Parliament.

“I
also want to thank the people of Clark for their support across three
elections.

“I
am proud of my contribution to the Parliament, including as Minister for
Tourism and Finance in the former Labor Government.

“I
am particularly pleased to have contributed to making Tasmania a true winter
tourism destination.

“Ultimately,
the most important responsibility of an elected member is to the community and
I tried to make sure that my door was always open to people who needed help.

“I
have to say, in recent years it has become apparent under this Liberal
Government too many people are slipping through the cracks.

“That
is why I will always be committed to the Labor cause and I believe that
Tasmania needs a Labor Government.

“I
firmly believe that Rebecca White is the best person to lead our strong Labor
team into Government at the next election.”

Mr
Bacon said he would formally resign to the Governor today.

“I want to ensure the people of Clark have a new representative as quickly as possible. I intend to commence a search for new opportunities in the near future.”

Scott Bacon MP

Labor Member for Clark